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About Me:
I am a fiddle player, singer, artist and freelance photo-journalist. I have built my career in tourism and the management of cultural projects. I really enjoy this type of work and in 2006, I set up the project which is now known as People and Songs of the Sea. For this in 2009, I produced a touring exhibition of 250+ educational/photographic displays travelling to 14 venues along the Firth of Forth coast. My free exhibitions have now been seen by over 12,000 visitors. These exhibitions are drawn from my studies over 2006-9, where I gathered 500 old photos and took 4,000 photos of fisher folk at work and in community events. In addition, I have released a compilation album People and Songs of the Sea in association with Greentrax recordings. The album features 21 tracks by Celtic music's finest artists and tells the story of Scotland's fishing (and the herring route from Ireland, to Scotland, to England). To illustrate the story behind the songs on the album, the CD's accompanying booklet is in full-colour with over 30 photos. My interest and personal ambition to do this project was born through my family connections to fishing. My great-grandfather and grandfather were Fisherrow Harbour Masters, my great-granny was a fishwife who carried the creel and my granny sang in Fisherrow Fishwives Choir, a fine singer like my mum Jean Thorburn. My mum's stories inspired me to celebrate the heritage of the fishing industry and its community. I am delighted so many people have come to visit my exhibitions and that, People and Songs of the Sea is Liveireland's 2010 Compendium Album of the Year!
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Favorite Music:
Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton Traditional music
Currently Reading? (Books Magazines etc)
East Lothian Life Magazine and Living Tradition Magazine

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At 23:44 on February 9, 2010, Jim McAuley said…
Hi- There Shona - I was at and played the Edinburgh Folk Festival a few years ago and - I really enjoyed your City -- I am not a city person - but I loved Edinburgh -- We where put up by a Good Scots folk singer - Song writer Alan Johnstone -- Who was living there ,, Do you Know him -We played a session or two in Sandy Bell's Pub - There,
At 20:59 on February 6, 2010, otxoa said…
Hola hablas español.
At 22:19 on January 28, 2010, John Teesdale said…
Hi Shona,just bought "People and songs of the sea" amazing compilation.All the best for any future projects
At 18:34 on January 6, 2010, Gary Saphire said…
Hi, Shona, My pipe band will be in Edinburgh for the fringe 8/5 through 8/15/10. Let me know if you're playing during that time. Gary

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